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Lessons of a Generation: Education and Work in the Lives of the High School Class of 1972


reviewed by James E. Rosenbaum - 1996

coverTitle: Lessons of a Generation: Education and Work in the Lives of the High School Class of 1972
Author(s): Clifford Adelman
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 1555426360, Pages: 309, Year: 1994
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Social sciences are accustomed to making a sharp dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative analyses. Qualitative analyses are descriptive, lengthy, fine-grained, detailed accounts of phenomena, while quantitative analyses are analytic, brief equations modeling the underlying processes using variables dictated by abstract theories. The former are viewed as historically specific, while the latter are portrayed as eternal principles unlimited by historical time. This book breaks that mold, and it does so in some refreshing and innovative ways. In the process, it reminds us of the need to understand our quantitative data as real-world phenomena. Adelman, a senior research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, has worked on one of the first great panel surveys of youth, the National Longitudinal Survey of the High School Class of 1972. These data have some limitations, most notably in excluding high school dropouts, but they have some impressive strengths. The data comprise a survey of a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 4, 1996, p. 651-653
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1429, Date Accessed: 4/5/2020 8:07:40 PM

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